Accidental Art with Negative Spaces

My cousin in Denmark wrote: “Negative spaces – what is meant by ‘negative’?”

I tried to explain but wasn’t sure that it made any sense and then I thought of the time when I first heard the words ‘negative space’. And this explanation apparently made sense, at least more sense than my first scrambled attempt.

In my first life drawing class I was really struggling to draw the woman who was standing there with her elbow bent and her hand on her hip. My instructor told me to look at the negative spaces and draw them instead; the shape of the triangle created on the inside between her elbow and her hip, and the shape created on the outside of her arm. I did that and all of a sudden I could draw!

In a different post I wrote “I can’t believe there’s all this art just lying around waiting for some one to capture it.” So now I’m going to focus on the negative/positive spaces that are created by accidental combinations of layers of torn and ripped posters.

Torn poster abstract in Belfast, Ireland. Torn poster abstract in Belfast, IrelandTorn paper abstract in black and white, part of a great batch of abstracts found on a construction barrier in Vancouver, BC. Vancouver, BC: torn paper abstract in black and white‘Red Rain’ abstract on a blue Porta Potty on a Victoria beach. 'Red Rain' abstract on a blue Porta-potty on a Victoria beachBlack-grey truck abstract from Mexico City.Black-grey truck abstract from Mexico CityRusty Victoria abstract. Rusty Victoria AbstractStrange forest of ripped jeans in San Angel, Mexico. Strange forest of ripped jeans in San Angel, MexicoAn abstract in red, black and white in Bangkok, Thailand. An abstract in red, black and white in Bangkok, ThailandTorn poster abstract in Portland, USA.torn poster abstractTorn poster abstract in black, red and white.torn poster abstract in black, red and whiteRipped swirl of posters form an abstract on a Vancouver wall. ripped swirl of posters form an abstract on a Vancouver wallMore on the Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: Negative Space.

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